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Spa Walden

Cathy Christensen October 2010 issue of Skin Inc. magazine
Spa Walden exterior

As the most recent component of Walden, Spa Walden is an airy-yet-homey building that is available to the public as well as inn guests and Live Walden residents.

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Grassroots luxury is how spa director Jenessee Taylor describes the architecture and decor of Spa Walden, one component of the Aurora, Ohio, property that is a recipient of American Automobile Association’s (AAA) coveted Five Diamond Award. Although grassroots luxury encompasses all of the facilities on the property, including Inn Walden with spacious guest suites, Club Walden featuring a golf course and fitness amenities, and even private residences built on the property called Live Walden, Spa Walden is its newest reflection, constructed in May 2007.

This philosophy involves mixing the natural elements of the outside with the inside of each facility. “Everything is done with lots of windows. In our spa lounge, we have paneled wood and high cathedral ceilings; it’s wood, so there’s a homey feel, but it features granite and contemporary furniture design,” explains Taylor, saying that the idea is to depict a useable elegance.

“Originally, we didn’t know whether the spa was going to be two or three rooms or be built on a grand scale,” explains Taylor, who says the spa’s potential profitability was the main reason the owners took the leap and built a large spa. It was a good decision, too, because the spa is up 20% in profits from last year, in spite of the current economic downturn. One of the reasons for this profit, says Taylor, is the value the spa offers to its clients. “We offer privacy and time to our clients,” she says. “We have 12 private spa suites, and in every one there is a Kohler Bubble massage tub, Swiss shower and steam room. The thing that makes us different is that any time a client books with us, we allow them access to their suite at least 30 minutes before their treatment to use all the amenities, then we call the room and tell them their therapist is coming to provide the treatment. After the service, we give them at least another 30 minutes to rest and relax before leaving the suite.”

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The Couple's Suite

The Couple

Pedicure Station

spa pedicure station

Relaxation Lounge

Spa Walden relaxation lounge

Vichy Treatment Room

Vichy Treatment Room in Spa Walden

Details: Spa Walden

Spa Walden

1119 Aurora Hudson Road

Aurora, OH 44202


Established: May 2007

Owner: Manual Barenholtz

Staff: Five estheticians, seven massage therapists, three nail technicians, three hairstylists, three spa management associates and five front desk/support team members

Hours: Monday, open by appointment for dermatology; Tuesday–Saturday, 9 am–9 pm; Sunday, 9 am–6 pm

Product lines: Phytocéane, Phytomer and Fleur

Spa philosophy: As a AAA-rated Five Diamond inn and spa, the guest always must come first.

Most popular treatment: Massage

Most unique spa feature: Each treatment room is set up as a suite and includes a private Kohler Bubble massage tub, Swiss shower and steam room, and clients are able to enjoy the benefits of the suite at least 30 minutes before and after each service.

Business collaborations: Within the Walden properties, including an inn, a restaurant and a golf course, all aspects are cross-marketed with one another. The spa also works with organizations, such as Ladies Who Launch, allowing them to hold events at the spa after hours, and providing mini services and catering, while offering incentives for future bookings.

Inspiration: Grassroots luxury is the inspiration for the entire property, featuring many windows and bringing elements of nature to the inside of the buildings in a luxurious way.

Future plans: The next step for Spa Walden is to create a high-end cardio and yoga area in the currently unused lower portion of the spa, and someday build an indoor/outdoor Hungarian pool featuring elements such as differing temperatures and various resistances, allowing clients to swim under a waterfall and arrive in the outdoor portion of the pool.

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